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Niger to Grant Asylum to One of Gadhafi's Sons

Saadi Gaddafi, a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, speaks during a news conference at his office in Tripoli, January 31, 2010 (file photo).

Niger has announced that it will grant the fugitive son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi asylum.

Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saadi Gadhafi, who fled Libya in August, will be given asylum for humanitarian reasons.

Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) wants Saadi Gadhafi to go on trial for crimes he allegedly committed while leading the country's football federation.

Saadi's brother, Seif al-Islam, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity during the protests against his father's rule.

President Issoufou says Seif is not in Niger and no decision has been made on how they will response if he turns up there.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.